This seems a little harsh to us, as James Pearce is simply doing his job.
But Lucas Leiva, Liverpool’s longest serving player, today took offence at something the Echo reporter said on Twitter.
Pearce tweeted a story that suggested Liverpool putting Mamadou Sakho up for loan will mean Lucas stays at the club – which is true if nothing else – but the Brazilian didn’t like it because he thought it would turn fans annoyed at Sakho’s potential departure against him…
@JamesPearceEcho can you have more responsibility when you involve my name?
You putting me against the fans for something I’ve nothing to do
— Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) August 23, 2016
Really though, nobody is irritated at Lucas – who deserves our support for the loyalty and passion he’s showed us since joining in 2007.
Those confused by Sakho being put up for loan have expressed some concern towards Jurgen Klopp’s decision and some sympathy to the player – not no anger at Lucas.
Interestingly though, Lucas’s reply intimates that perhaps the players don’t quite understand Klopp’s thinking on this one either. The midfielder has gone out of his way to separate himself from the decision – the reason he sent out the tweet in the first place.
We wonder how the centre-back will react, and if there really is a future for Sakho at Anfield.